A Heaven-Sent Prayer Partner

A Heaven-Sent Prayer Partner

In need of spiritual support, she finds the perfect person has been placed in her path.

Sue Carloni (left) and her friend JoAnn

My daughter’s issues had me at my wit’s end. No one else I knew seemed to be going through the same thing with their teenager. I practically ran into my church that day, I was so desperate to talk to someone.

But it was a weekday. Everyone was busy, the pastor deep in conversation, the secretary on the phone, the associate pastor not in his office. Even the head of the women’s ministries was tied up in a meeting.

I felt more alone than ever and was about to leave when I saw a familiar face, a woman I recognized from Sunday services. I stared at her.

“Hi, I’m JoAnn,” she said, walking over to me. “This is probably going to sound odd, but I got the strongest feeling that I should come to church right now.”

“I’m Sue. I was looking for someone to talk to, but they’re all busy.”

She gently touched my arm. “I think I know why we are both here,” she said. “Let’s grab a coffee.”

We talked for over an hour. “May I say a prayer for you?” she asked. She took my hands in hers, right then and there, and I felt like I could trust her with anything.

Soon we were praying for each other every day and getting together every week at the coffee shop.

When I had no one to turn to, God put JoAnn in my path. She’s been there for me ever since—a wonderful listener, faithful prayer partner and trusted friend.

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